Though it's felt unseasonably warm this week, I regret to inform you that it is still indeed winter. Which means that routine precautions one might take during these colder months, such as not stepping on perilous, slippery, cracking ice, are still something to keep in mind...even if a lovely ice-glazed pond at, say, Central Park does seem prime for a selfie.

On Monday, Parks Commissioner Mitchell J. Silver held a press conference in the park to remind New Yorkers that stepping onto ice-covered lakes and ponds is still not safe, as much as they might make for a "magical selfie."

"With dips and spikes in the temperature that we experienced last week, our water bodies can appear frozen," Silver said. "Assuming that the water is frozen solid can be extremely dangerous. To be clear, if anyone walks onto the ice that is not frozen they can get hurt and even die."

Silver's remarks came in response to an uptick in people stepping onto the ice to snap photos of themselves tempting fate. In recent years, more than a few people have rescued after falling through the ice into the pond at the southeast corner of Central Park. Some haven't been so lucky: Almost a year ago to the day, an 11-year-old boy died after falling through the ice at Strack Pond, in Queens.